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North East Hill Running Association Fell Running Championships 2009

Final Results:

Mens Open | Veteran Men | Women & Women Vets (pdf)

"Thank you to all our competitors and race organisers for another fantastic North East Fell Running Championship. The story of the championship would probably be the dominance of NFR, taking a 1-2-3 in the mens open championship and the MV40, women's open, and LV40 titles amongst others too. The closest battle was delivered in the MV50 category with two Weardale neighbours battling it out and the experienced Stu Ferguson (DFR) winning through in the final race. Phil Sanderson delivered on the potential he showed in the previous year to wrap up the men's open and MV40 titles after just five races. A new name to watch is Lee Bennett (NFR) who, in his first season of fell running, came 3rd in the men's open and 2nd in the MV40 categories. Karen Robertson made a stunning return to the championship by winning the women's open and LV40 titles with maximum points. Sarah Lister (Blackhill Bounders, 2nd women's open) will surely be a name to watch in future years. Another new name is Graham Fraser of Allen Valley Striders who, after a late start, bagged the necessary points and sealed the MV60 title, beating many younger runners along the way. It would be great to see more runners from the Yorkshire area with clubs such as North York Moors AC and Esk Valley Fell doing more races as they regularly score high points on home turf.

First race of the 2010 Championship is the Kielder Grey's Summit Medium Race on Sat 16th Jan, with the other six races to be announced soon. Medals for 2009 winners will be presented in Kielder Castle after the Kielder race. Here's to 2010!"

Keith Cooper, championship co-ordinator.

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